Saturday, April 25, 2009

ANZAC Day

Today is ANZAC Day, the day that marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they soon took in that name endures to this day.
Australians recognise 25 April as an occasion of national commemoration. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing – across the nation. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet and join in marches through the major cities and many smaller centres. Commemorative ceremonies are held at war memorials around the country. It is a day when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.

19 comments:

The Island Cats said...

Happy ANZAC Day!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I guess Mom should choose an ANZAC wine for her Saturday night!

Will woo get pressies?

Happy ANZAC Day!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

The Thundering Herd said...

We salute you! Happy ANZAC day!

barb said...

I just read about ANZAC Day on a Aussie Skywatch Friday post yesterday. It is so wonderful when people remember their heroes.

The OP Pack said...

Thanks for that info. Happy ANZAC Day - too bad Mum didn't get the day off. Oh, wait, it's Saturday, isn't it?

Woos, the OP Pack

Lorenza said...

Happy ANZAC Day!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Dad said that he got to study a little bit about the ANZAC forces when he went to military college. He say's it is supposed to be a happy holiday like Independence Day is here, but it's more of a rememberance day like Veterans Day or Memorial Day is here. We know that on Memorial day here everyone has picnics and barbeques, the government even made it so it always is on a Monday so everyone gets a long weekend off; at least they put Veterans Day back to Nov. 11 like Rememberance day in Canada. Dad says that when he was young on memorial Day there were military parades and people took flowers to cemetaries and were more thoughtful of what the day meant than they do know. We hope it hasn't totally gotten that way with ANZAC Day.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qiIG63WeJI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kX_3y3u5Uo&feature=related
- TBH

Ozzie the OZmonster said...

This is the first time that I have heard of ANZAC day. I hope that you got to celebrate with a special ham ceremony.

Ozzie

Cyber-sibes said...

Happy ANZAC Day! Do woo celebrate with HAM?
We have something for woo on our blog- do drop by!

Woos & a-roos,
Star & Jack a-roo

Milo said...

We think it is right and proper to remember heroes. So well done.

Thanks for voting for me. Smooches.

Batu said...

Thank you for taking the time the paws and reflect. It is a very special day.

PinkynAsh said...

Happy ANZAC day Huffle!

pughy said...

Happy Anzac day, hope you have a good day and get to do fun things.


Hugs GJ x

Forever Foster said...

Oh Huffle, thankyou so much for your lovely comment about our daddy. We are glad to live in a country where everyone comes together to recognise the contributions that so many people make in so many ways. We are grateful to your grandad for his service:)

KZK said...

God bless those who fight to keep others free!
Great post, Huffs. Please stop by the blog - I've given you an award!
Play bows,
Zim

The Army of Four said...

Sorry. Mom left her account up. That was ME!
Zim

Jan's Funny Farm said...

It sounds like a day to celebrate!

Happy ANZAC Day!

Suka said...

hey Huffle Mawson,

Happy ANZAC Day! I never heard of it before so thank you for the information. I hope everyone had a nice celebration!

I also hope that there are no more human wars and that we all can live in Peace together!

Suka

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Happy ANZAC day! I didn't know about it so thank for educating.

Meow,
Wilbur